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Can There Be Paganism Without the Occult?

By Jason Mankey

I think the word “occult” gets a bad rap. I think when a lot of people use it today they think of the Illuminati, triangles on dollar bills, Satanism, and perhaps high magic in the vein of The Key of Solomon. At its core occult simply means “hidden,” as the word is . . . → Read More: Can There Be Paganism Without the Occult?

Religion Laid Bear, by Alan Leddon

Reviewed by Erin Lale

Religion Laid Bear by Alan Leddon is both a history of the ancient bear cult and a guide for modern pagans, heathens, and shamans to bear spirituality. It examines forty deities descended from the ancient bear god. The book also includes rituals and other information for the modern practitioner.

Leddon postulates . . . → Read More: Religion Laid Bear, by Alan Leddon

What Is Heathenry?

Temple of Our Heathen Gods

[Snip] Your Ancestors Were Heathen

Many people with Northern European ancestry do not realize that the original religion of their Ancestors was not Christianity. If you go back a 1000 years or more, prior to the conversions to Christianity in Europe, our ancestors had their own native Folk Religion . . . → Read More: What Is Heathenry?

Reconstructionism – What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why I Love It

By Morgan Daimler

[Snip] Reconstruction is a methodology that uses a variety of sources including archaeology, anthropology, mythology, folklore, and historical texts to reconstruct what an ancient belief or practice most likely would have been. Using this reconstruction of the old the belief or practice can then be adapted for modern practice. Or, as I . . . → Read More: Reconstructionism – What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why I Love It

Kemetic Priesthood Here and Now

By Devo

[Snip] Priesthood: What it Isn’t

It’s easier for me to start off by figuring out what I don’t think should necessarily be encompassed by Kemetic priests. I’ve had the fortune or misfortune of sitting in on many discussions regarding priesthood, and it seems that most people want priests to do a little bit . . . → Read More: Kemetic Priesthood Here and Now

Entering the Nemeton: Creating Authentic Celtic Ritual

By Síthearan NicLeòid

The retrieval and revival of indigenous ceremonial traditions is a growing concern in this increasingly disconnected world, and one that has great promise for the restoration of methods of sustainable living, sound ecological practices and the preservation of ancient knowledge. Sound recordings of elders are being made around the world, as well . . . → Read More: Entering the Nemeton: Creating Authentic Celtic Ritual

Words That Heathens Should Not Use as Insults

By Erin Lale

I felt the need to write this rant because heathen internet forums can be incredibly empowering places, where information is shared and people can feel they’ve come home to their right path, or forums can also discourage people from trying to participate in the community at all. It’s not just newbies who . . . → Read More: Words That Heathens Should Not Use as Insults

The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed

By Elani Temperance

[Snip] So what is the difference between Traditional and Reformed Hellenismos? To start, there is no hard line—not in as far as can be defined beforehand; the distinction between ‘Traditional’ and ‘Reformed’ is a matter of intent.

The ancient Hellenes worshipped their Gods in a way they did not even have to . . . → Read More: The Beginner’s Guide to Hellenismos: Traditional versus Reformed

On Demons, Gods, and Polytheism

By Nornoriel Lokason

[Snip] What is a demon?

When I personally refer to “demons” on this blog, “demon” is shorthand for a spirit from a list of entities considered to be demons, written about in grimoires by magicians such as John Dee, Eliphas Levi, and others. In the Ars Goetia, there are 72 demons; the . . . → Read More: On Demons, Gods, and Polytheism

Is There A Difference Between “Syncretic” and “Syncretistic”?

By P. Sufenas Virius Lupus

It often amazes me how words get used incorrectly. I enjoy puns probably far more than the next person (such that I speak of “pottery readings,” “remaining clam,” seeing “pigments of the imagination,” and so forth regularly!), and a clever replacement of a similar word in a stock phrase can . . . → Read More: Is There A Difference Between “Syncretic” and “Syncretistic”?